Flying Home for the Summer

Ah, I miss those days when May meant my collegians were headed home for a summer with good ole Mom and Dad! (Just to be clear, I DO NOT MISS paying collegiate tuition.)

I’m still trying to use my 2016-2018 In Colors – you’ll see a couple in this project.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar May 2018 Flying Home

  • Stamps: Flying Home (Occasions 2018)
  • Color Palette: Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum (16-18), Smokey Slate, Daffodil Delight, Pear PIzazz, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo (16-18)
  • Accessories:  Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals (both sizes), Stampin’ Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils

The bird houses were just a smidge (that is a scientific measurement and it means what it sounds like) too big for the calendar format. After scratching my head for a bit, I came up with the idea of stamping the images in Smokey Slate twice – once on the calendar, and once on a scrap. I fussy cut the houses and lifted them on dimensionals. I was really happy with the way it turned out.

I cut off the rooster weather vane and the little strings on the end of the banner because they were already on the calendar, and they would have been ridiculous to cut out. Even I have my limits.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! DIY Easel Calendar May 2018 Flying Home

Cheryl and Crystal have May calendars to inspire you as well – check them out and let them know what you think!

Need Occasions goodies before the catalog ends on May 31? Shop HERE.

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When you need a Tag: Day Three

Beachy Little Christmas is a natural for those of us living in the tropics. The images are charming and the string of lights on the palm tree is a very familiar sight in the islands. Some neighborhoods are well known for their elaborate lights and displays, and it’s a treat to be driving home after a long day and find yourself surrounded on either side of the road with sparkling lights, stars, figures, and those crazy inflatable characters!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Beachy Christmas

  • Stamps:  Beachy Little Christmas
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils

This is another super-portable project that’s small enough to tuck into your bag. I chose the watercolor pencils because the design is very small and detailed, and the pencils are quite forgiving with small spaces. I didn’t add the watercolor with an Aquapainter, but you certainly could if you prefer that look.

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Beachy Christmas

This one is even quicker and easier with just the palm tree! I used Stampin’ Blends on this one and it was REALLY fast!

You don’t need to live in the tropics to have palm trees on your Christmas tags, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Such a cheery little bird!

This bird’s so nice, I stamped it twice!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Feathery Friends Host

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Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! Feathery Friends Host

I created a similar layout with different colors HERE. I fussy cut the flowers for this one to add some dimension, but skipped the Bakers twine. I colored these with the Watercolor Pencils too.

Good news! DIY Easel calendar kits are available for 2018!

Maui Stamper Stampin' Up! 2018 DIY Easel Calendar Kit

You can read all the details HERE.

  • DIY Easel Calendar Kit is $9.00
  • DIY Calendar refill is $6.00

Shipping is by USPS and will be sent First Class or Priority Mail.  I ship the best possible method at the best possible price and will calculate based on what you order.  Typically, a single Calendar refill can be sent in a First Class envelope with postage of $.91.  Easel Calendar Kits are shipped Priority Mail Small Flat Rate with postage of $7.15.  I can ship multiple kits in one box.

Many crafters have asked for the template over the years. I do not sell the template. I didn’t create it and I don’t own it, and the crafter who does own it does not want to sell it as a template.

To order, leave a comment or email me directly at AnneMatasci (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’ll need your order, your delivery address and your email address. I will send an invoice via Square, and you can choose your payment method.  Your calendars will not ship until the fourth week of September. At this time, I do not ship outside of the United States.

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

Doesn’t that bring back Saturday morning cartoon memories? So does Everyday Heros, an under-appreciated stamp set from the Occasions 2017 catalog.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero

Back the in days before DVR, Netflix, DVDs, even videos, kids were programmed to get up early on Saturday  –  the same kids who were pulled kicking and screaming from their beds Monday through Friday.  The reason? Network cartoons.  I can still sing (or at least hum) way more cartoon theme songs than I care to admit. And this stamp set revives them all.

Maui Stamper Everyday Hero Biff! Pow!! Socko!!! Wow!!!!

  • Stamps:  Everyday Hero
  • Color Palette: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Watermelon Wonder, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
  • Accessories:  Falling in Love DSP,  Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Rhinestone Jewels

Watercolor pencils are back in stock but we have been warned that the supply is limited.  This hot product is So.Much.Fun.  If you don’t have them, trust me, you need them.  An image like this heroine is detailed and small enough that traditional watercoloring, especially on Very Vanilla cardstock, would be a challenge.  The Watercolor pencils plus Blender pens are the HEROS of this card!

And don’t forget your Free Sale-a-bration Gift with Purchase!  New items arrive on February 21st.

 

Tasty Truck Birthdays

I’m a little behind sending January birthday cards, but when this one arrives I hope I’ll be forgiven my tardiness!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

  • Stamps: Tasty Truck (Sale-a-bration 2017)
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral
  • Accessories: Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Up! Watercolor pencils, Wink of Stella Clear, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, A Little Foxy DSP Stack, Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon

I had a fabulous time coloring that truck, because I let my creative spirit run free.  Some of it is done with Stampin’ Write markers, some with Stampin’ Up! Colored pencils, some were smoothed with the Aqua Painter, and there’s a liberal dose of Stella adding sparkle to the whole thing!

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

The Little Foxy DSP is PERFECT behind this truck, and finding it in my stamp room was absolutely serendipitous. (Miraculous, even.)  The DSP inspired this treatment on the inside of the card:

Maui Stamper Tasty Truck Birthday Sale-a-bration 2017

I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. My creativity needed a boost and this fun stamp set was just the thing to do the job.

LATE BREAKING NEWS FROM STAMPIN’ UP!  Watercolor pencils have reached a significant backorder status and will not be available to order after noon on January 26th (MST – that will be 9am HST).  If you want to be on the backorder list, place your order ASAP.  

Tasty Trucks is free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-a-bration.  Shop HERE to learn more!